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668 Neighbor Of The Beast - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 860
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 100
Gots: 145 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 05-29-2010

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Reviews: 216 | Hads: 860
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a generous head - possibly because I poured it a little warmer than normal. Lacing abounds as the beer is enjoyed. Enjoyable and I will get more as I travel.

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Photo of fank2788
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a snifter
This one is pale gold in color and quite hazy. It starts out with a finger or so of fine bubbles on top but they quickly fall to a thin layer that throws a lot of lace on the glass. A very nice aroma of wheat, belgian candi sugar and yeasty esters of banana, pineapple and spices are all present and nicely mixed. All of those spices and yeast flavors jump to the front in the flavor of this beer. After that there is a good chunk of sweetness that gives way to some peppery spice or bitterness from the hops and a nice toasty biscuit to round it out. The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation. This has a dry finish and a little bit of the alcohol makes itself known as the beer warms. Overall a good beer that doesn't quite compete with the classics of the style but it is worth giving a try.

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Photo of dd43
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft, was not poured well and was served in a shaker pint. Unsure of how well the glassware or tap line was taken care of.

Was somewhat underwhelming in the aromas I was looking for, taste wise it seemed to be on point. I will need to try a fresh can and adjust the ratings as needed.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy gold-orange body with a thick white head that leaves a generous lacing.
S: Pithy citrus aromas, funky Belgian yeastiness, bready malts
T: Savory malts up front finishing sweet and citrusy thanks to the yeast and hops coming through.
F: A little sharp on the tongue, perhaps even a bit hot. However, the beer drinks really well and the body is full but not thick. The balance is really unique and it just seems to work.
O: This is a solid Belgian style for hop heads and Belgian enthusiasts. It has the malt backbone a Belgian should have but offers something extra.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra on a trade a while back. I don't know if it might have been lingering too long in my fridge but it seems a little less than I would expected. Poured in glass from a can.

Appearance: Lots of white fluffy head that remains for a while throughout the pour. Color is golden hazy yellow with a slight bronze note.

Aroma: Mild Belgian yeast aromas, some candied fruits and clove like spices, reminds me of a tripel in a way.

Taste: Same type of flavor notes appear in the flavors, but does have a more dominant spice note in the flavor. Kind of sweet but has a clean finish.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of this style in general but some of the original styles from Belgium have surprised me. This is not one of those though. Sometimes American brewers can do magical things with Belgian styles and other fall short, this one to me falls on the short side. Its not a bad beer but certainly not one I would go after again, when there are so many amazing offerings out there these days.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into sam Adams glass

Clear golden liquid , constant carbonation, thin white layer on top

Aroma of bread, biscuit and funk

Taste offers up the bread, funk and reminds of a white wine note.

Slight carbonation, immensely quaffable. Slight funk aftertaste . Smooth

Wasn't what I expected but I like it. Nice beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured with a hazy, light golden body and a small head.

Fruity and floral aroma suggests some dominance of Belgian yeast. The flavor follows but has some funk too and features more light bready malt. Yeasty and mildly bitter.

Light body with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of DIM
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a lightly hazy peachy-golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head that faded fairly quickly.

Smells of honey, pear, clove, and light perfumed warmth. Nothing overpowering but pleasant enough in the nose. I like this but it is dangerously close to being too sweet for my taste. It reminds of the time I fried pears in WAY too much honey. That was sticky sweet and this beer is almost there. Huge honey notes with light pear and flowery heat blanketing everything. There is a lingering clove flavor that helps cut the sweetness somewhat. Great name on packaging for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into my Unibroue tulip.cloudy straw color with requisite thick airy head. Not much on the nose. Some light stone fruit, a bit of funk, but nothing sharp.
Taste is slow to develop. Seems bland at first, but that sharp hit comes later.

This is a good beer, but I'll take a Duvel or Matilda anyway.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can into a tulip glass

A - A hazy yellow body with a foamy white head.

S - Yeasty odors dominate the nose - I pick up coriander, clove, and lemongrass.

T - Fruity and spicy esters are the first things to hit the tastebuds. Pear, banana, allspice, and even a bit of bubblegum are in the mix. Then comes a Belgian sugar cookie sweetness. The finish is fairly dry with a touch of acrid lemongrass and clove.

M - A fairly glutinous mouthfeel accompanied by a foamy carbonation.

O - Worth picking up if you visit the Constitution State. Humerous artwork on the cans will entertain party guests, too.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice Belgina lacing;

S: clove, black pepper, pear, perfume

T:follows the nose - a little more pepper and a little less clove; finish is moderately bitter and it's the clove that is there at the end;

M: medium bodied; effervescent;

O: smooth; hides the ABV pretty well;

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Four-finger head that recedes in a lumpy fashion. It also leaves a decent dome. A bit cloudy with a dark, dirty gold color.

Grainy, raw barley smell. A bit of lemongrass. Some Belgian yeast nose as well.

Classic pale Belgian flavors: Some very pale malt, a good dollop of hop bitterness, the aforementioned yeast and a solid alcohol warmth, particularly in the swallow. Well-balanced. The body is as I would expect; the carbonation slightly above average.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into 668 tulip glass. Pale, hazy, golden-blonde in colour.

Smells of spices and yeast, with some wheat balanced by the slightest scent of sweet lemon/citrus.

Lots of citrusy sweet hops up front taste only the slightest bit bitter, as it transitions through light wheat malts to light spices and plenty of yeasty must on the finish; Which disguises the higher ABV very well -- this is very drinkable and tastes/feels light. It will sneak up on you.

The mouthfeel is lighter but close to the thicker side of things, and is somewhat oily.

Overall, this is a pretty great beer. I'm not particularly fond of the yeast profile, but it tastes good and goes down smooth.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy gold body with white head

Smell - citrus - lemon, lime

Taste - lemon, lime, ginger, lemongrass, yeast

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, citrus upfront, a tad sour/bitter in the finish

Overall - nice Stateside version of A Belgian ale. Worth a try

Price Point - $5.99/4pk 12 oz cans

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a hazy gold with over two fingers of beautiful head that leaves a beautiful lacing once it fades.

S: Typical belgian yeast smell, some banana notes, some lemon, some pepper.

T: Very grainy and grassy, some nice lemon and spice flavors that intermingle with a solid, biscuity malt backbone.

M: Lighter in body with a really nice, prickly carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

O: A very good pale belgian. Not my first choice in style, but I do like this very much. It's also much better than a certain other Maiden-nodding beer that shall remain nameless.

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Photo of dar482
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in an opaque hazy orange with a large bubbly head.

The aroma has Belgian spicy notes. Pepper, green grass, banana, clove, lemon peel, a breadiness.

The flavor follows with a big spicy pepper throughout. Nice lemon and light banana notes. The malt has a bit grainy flavor in the middle palate. Clove on the back along with a lemon peel bitterness and grassy drying.

At 9%, this beer drinks exceptionally well with that drying and bitterness masking that alcohol very well.

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Photo of SpacingOutMan
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Can, poured into a tulip. Great can artwork.

A: Hazy and golden yellow body with a persisting beige head (approx. 1/4"). Amazing lacing.

S: Citrus and wheat aroma with a great balance between sweet and grainy.

T: Just like the smell, the taste is a wonderful experience. Hints of lemon, tangerine, coriander, and hints of grain are followed by a sweet finish with a hint of bitterness (presumably from the relatively high ABV).

M: Slightly lighter than "medium body", but it doesn't take away from the greatness of this beer whatsoever. A tingly finish which matches the flavor profile.

O: Very strong and tasty beer. Dangerously drinkable but boy is it enjoyable! I would highly recommend this beer to anyone interested in Belgian-style beers. I wouldn't necessarily say this is a great starter for those first exploring the style, it's also very enjoyable on its own merits.

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Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a stemmed tulip.

a: nearly clear dark gold with a huge white head which required additional pours to fill the glass. Head receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild ripe fruit

t; Ripe fruit from the Belgian yeast up front followed by some bitterness penetrating the sides of the tongue. The high ABV is well masked, with little throat burn.

m: Moderate with good body,

o; No shortage of taste in this brew, the Belgian yeasty ripe fruit flavor is pretty strong, making it an agressive representative of the style.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American made Belgian beers are usually hit or miss for me, but this is definitely a hit and I would expect nothing less from NEBCO at this point. First, this pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a two finger white head. The aroma is sweet with some citrus and the funky belgian yeast clearly apparent. The taste definitely has that distinctive belgian yeast flavor, but its not overdone at all, which I feel is the problem with American Belgians (too much spice/clove/etc). This beer definitely got a good addition of hops with juicy grapefruit coming through, but it stops just short of any bitterness and instead mellows out into a smooth, almost creamy feel.. Overall I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer and its a good thing I didn't try to guess. Its a one of a kind beer, and its definitely worth buying again. (90/100)

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip from a can.

L - Lovely cloudy light amber yellow with an initial 2 finger head that dissipates to 1 and hangs around quite nicely and finally dissipates into a foam with great lacing.

S - Nice bready and banana yeasty belgian beer smell. Moderate sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose. A mild sweet banana bread taste. Really like it. Reminds me of Deschutes Conflux No. 2 which is a good thing. I really enjoy Belgian PA/IPAs that taste like this.

M - Little bit of a light thin mouthfeel, but it kind of goes with the style. Nice tingly finish.

O - Very good light belgian style ale. If I lived in Connecticut I'd drink it quite a bit.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can to a tulip glass

A- pours a deep hazy orange, with a 1 finger head and nice sticky lacing

S- lots of lemon peel up front, some orange peel, lemon-pepper, some clove, corriander, a touch of funk from the yeast

T- lemon, orange, some grain, spice, a touch of bubble gum, pepper, candied sugar, corriander, some banana. finishes sweet and dry

M- medium body, nice carbonated zing mid mouth, sweet and dry

O- awesome name, awesome can and tasty beer. lots of belgian yeast flavors swirling around. fruits spice and sugar, very well crafted.

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Photo of jmw4437
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden tan and slightly hazy with an initially large white/off-white head that dissipates to a thin layer and lacing around the glass.

S: Scents of grains, sweet yeast and banana like flavors dominate the aroma.

T: The beer fulfills all of the promises that its aroma makes; light grainy flavors with hits of yeast and banana flavors. This all with the slightest hint of hops to balance the brew.

M: Smooth on the palette with a hit of carbonation and a clean aftertaste help to make this brew drinkable and refreshing.

O: Definitely something I will come back to again in the future.

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Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool name. Nice golden color a bit cloudy with a one finger aired head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Slightly sour kind of Saison like aroma with hoppy pine notes, booze and pineapple with mint.
Flavor with lots of pineapples, biscuit malt, oranges, bubblegum, cinnamon, herbal hops, candied sugar, lemon, bananas, spices, just a bit of Belgian funky yeast, coriander and green apples.
Medium body with low carbonation. I was quite surprised when I checked the alcohol of 9% abv which is well masked being there mostly as a flavor note.
Decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale with good mouth complexity, though I found it too sweet with lower drinkability, but if you like the style, it is a good option.

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-orange, providing for a nice contrast to this grey day. White froth diminishes quickly.

Lemon, orange, orange peel, grain, yeast and taffy to the nose.

Tastes of more light, sour fruits, phenols, grain, sourdough, spice and sugar. Has a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Lighter side of medium in body. Smooth with a creamy middle.

Yep!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this one.
Pouring from a 12 oz can this beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice fluffy head.
The nose is slightly subdued but hints of what's to come.
The taste is a little grassy, a little bit of funk a little bit of fruit and whole lot of goodness.
This is an excellent beer and a great representation of the style.
And the name is pretty damn good too.

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668 Neighbor Of The Beast from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.